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Human Rights Review

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 273–276 | Cite as

National Contexts of International Human Rights

  • Alexandre Boza
Book Review Essay

Idealism beyond Borders: The French Revolutionary Left and the Rise of Humanitarianism, 1954–1988by Eleanor Davey New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

British Human Rights Organizations and Soviet Dissent, 1965–1985by Mark Hurst London: Bloomsbury, 2016

By placing the historical cursor on the deployment of human rights in the 1970s, historians are led to question the reasons behind their increasing salience. Eleanor Davey’s Idealism beyond Borders: The French Revolutionary Left and the Rise of Humanitarianism, 1954–1988 and Mark Hurst’s British Human Rights Organizations and Soviet Dissent, 1965–1985 both date to the post-war period and the Cold War era, aiming to understand how human rights fed on the development of specific collective action, from French humanitarian action to British support for Soviet bloc dissidents. They also show how human rights history, transnational as it may be, must be based on the articulation of national contexts of globalized issues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre d’Histoire de Sciences PoParisFrance

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